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Jessica Eaton is taking her work into a new area of avant-garde contemporary photography. Her works really drive home the point of redefining our definition of a photograph by asking the question "What is a photograph?" Light, contingency, relativity, time and spatial relations, factors related to the process of capturing light within a photograph, become a dominate subject of study within her work. Here is what Jessica says about her work: "My photographic practice is experimental. I draw inspiration for projects from many places, but more common than not there is a referent to photography itself within the works or the processes. I spend a good deal of time thinking about what photography is and let that dialogue lead me to ideas of what it could be. Light, contingency, relativity, time and spatial relations have come to the forefront as subjects in much of my work."
@onesmile Researching further, yes I believe she does create these as photograms. Untraditional photography is interesting to me. I had a photography teach who would make incredibly unique lenses, one acted how scanners act in capturing light and the other captured "after images" like when you stare at something for long enough and blink you can see after images of the what you were looking at. Photographers who push photography's limits really inspire me!
@onesmile You are totally right, this work is a little redundant. However, it is important to study contemporary photographers that make this kind of work all in camera. It really is impressive feat. Side note, I don't think these are actually photographs per say, but photograms made under a film enlarger. Very cool stuff! It really stretches the meaning of "photograph" in today's art world.
@dillonk woah, looks really intense. Thanks for sharing the image--it really required a lot of pieces to make that camera.
@onesmile All I know is that the lens captured light in a specific way, other than that I'm not quite sure how it worked mechanically. I couldn't find a picture of the scanner lens, but here is a picture of a retinal after image lense http://annielauriee.com/Jpegs/mm_intro.jpg
@onesmile Basically it's camera-less photography. You take light sensitive paper, place objects inbetween the paper and a light source. Then you turn on the light for a pre-determined amount of time and then process the paper in developer/stop/fixer. :)
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